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01st Mar 2022

“I would trust Rory Beggan with my life” – Seamus McEnaney won’t change ‘outfield keeper’ role despite Kerry goal fest

Lee Costello

“Nothing has changed, it was just a couple of turnovers that went badly wrong for us.”

Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has been frank in his assessment of his team’s performance against Kerry last Sunday.

The Kingdom beat the Farney men 3-14 to 1-12, however it’s a scoreline that flatters the Ulster team, who were fortunate to get a goal through a Conor McManus penalty.

“It was a very difficult second half,” admitted McEnaney.

“We had the strong breeze and we didn’t create enough chances and we didn’t take the chances we created in the first half.

“We played a very good side, Kerry were extremely good today. They punished us extremely hard on turnovers. Their three goals came from three turnovers and that’s disappointing. It was our flattest performance of 2022.

“We didn’t get the crowd behind us, we didn’t give the crowd an opportunity to get behind us. It was our flattest performance in the three years back in and that’s disappointing.”

A key factor in the game was the way Kerry capitalised on Rory Beggan’s tendency to come outfield and support the play.

It could be argued that all three of the Munster champion’s goals came because of the Monaghan goalkeeper’s habit of staying off his line, but the Farney boss disagrees.

“It came from a turnover. It was a bad pass out the field and he was caught out the field and when you’re playing your goalkeeper that far out the field you can’t give away turnovers like that.

“We fired everything at Kerry in the second half and he was up the pitch when that happened, these things happen.

“If all the bad things happen on the one day and they certainly did today, we had three brilliant performances before today and we didn’t become a bad team overnight. We’ll chat about it during the week, we’ll see why our performance was as flat as it was.”

However, McEnaney sees no reason for Beggan to curb his enterprising approach to goalkeeping.

“As I said, I would trust Rory Beggan with my life, I’d trust him with the keys to the safe.

“Nothing has changed, it was just a couple of turnovers that went badly wrong for us and, as I said, when you’re playing a team like Kerry you’re going to be punished.”

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